Cornish Marathon And Fun Run

Photos © Paul Patterson

The Cornish Marathon is Cornwall's only all road marathon. It began in 1984 and originally started out from Saltash following the A38 and A390 to Lostwithiel. It started out as a wager between two organisers John Foster and Stephen Henderson that one could run faster than the other. Despite being run for charity, only 27 runners took the plunge, the winner managing 2.29 minutes and 15 secs, something to make all race winners this millenium envious. 78 runners turned out the next year and in 1987 it was handed over to East Cornwall Harriers.

Relocating to Rilla Mill in 1994, taking in much of the present route, it presented competitors with 3 miles of steady climbing from the gun. Finally changing to Pensilva, it starts from Millenium House, a much gentler introduction to the scenic circular out and back route which takes runners along the Draynes Valley, through the 'Poldark' country of Bodmin Moor, past King Arthur's legendary Dozmary Pool, Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn at Bolventor and back along the Fowey Valley, taking in a climb to Foredown between miles 24 and 25, which most runners will remember for a long time, and not just for the fabulous views !

Race Information

Thank you to everyone who helped with the 2018 race. The next Cornish Marathon will be on Sunday 3rd November 2019, see you there. General Race Information

  • The 2019 Cornish Marathon race date is 03/11/2019.
  • The Cornish Marathon starts at 10am from Millenium House, Pensilva.
  • The race is limited to 475 entries and always sells out fast. ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED AS THE RACE IS FULL. A reservation list is now in operation, to be added please contact the race director via email.
  • 2019 entries are £25 attached, £27 unattached (includes the £2 levy). Attached means entrant belongs to either an ARC affiliated or UK Athletic affiliated club.
  • Once sold out a reserve list will be in operation.
  • Special drinks are available at 13, 17 and 21 miles, all other drinks stations will just be offering water.
  • There are no refunds on entries, you can either defer your entry for one year or transfer to someone else. No transfers after the 20th October.
  • For 2019 there is an additional option when selecting your hoody size. You can now choose NO HOODY, if you select this your entry will still be the same price but we will donate the cost of your hoody to our charities.

A massive thank you to our sponsors for 2018:

WBM Groundworks James Lockyer Associates KV Accounting Solutions

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Race Day Information

Route Information

Cornish Marathon Memorabilia NEW